|Last picture of me pregnant. About 23 hours before T was born.|
I was scheduled to be induced on a Wednesday at 8AM. The night before around 7 or so Kelly went to Chaps to pick up some dinner and I stayed home with my mom. I had just started having contractions that hurt. I was timing them on an app on my phone, which just required pressing start and stop, but I wasn't paying attention to how far apart they were because everyone knows labor lasts forever and I didn't have to get to the hospital until they were 5 minutes apart. By the time Kelly got back my mom and I knew this was actually labor. Finally! They tried to get me to eat, but I couldn't (especially not a corned beef rachel, though they are delicious), but they ate dinner and I complained. Then Kelly looked at the contraction timer on my phone and realized my contractions were 2-3 minutes apart and had been for a couple hours. We left for the hospital about then. Kelly drove way too fast. I remember having the random thought that sometimes women still die in childbirth and this was some dangerous stuff I was about to do and wow, what if I'm in my last few hours on earth? I vaguely remember Kelly dropping my mom and me off at the ER while he parked, and waiting there to check in. The guy at the desk asked me a bunch of questions which frustrated me since I already filled out all the stuff when I preregistered. In fact, they had called me that morning to double check all those facts. Some guys who I think were there waiting for another patient got me a wheelchair which we shortly discovered had a super wobbly wheel that went crazy when Kelly pushed me too fast, which he kept doing on our journey to Labor and Delivery. We got there around 9 PM. Tommy was born at 11:34 PM.
|Our first family photo|
Anyway, everything went really smoothly, which I'm so grateful for. When they weighed T and told me he was 8 pounds 15.4 ounces my jaw literally dropped. When I first got to the hospital they guessed he would be around 6 1/2 pounds based on my weight and I thought that sounded great! That he was just shy of 9 pounds was a bit shocking, but I'm glad I found out after the fact, rather than dreading it beforehand. After they weighed our little man Kelly got my mom from the waiting room and she got to meet Tommy.
Eventually they got me to my room and gave me the tastiest thing I have ever eaten in my life. I really had never appreciated the divine food-of-the-gods known as Frosted Flakes before. I made Kelly buy me some after I got home from the hospital, but they just weren't the same. But all the nurses were great and the hospital was pretty nice, though we were all excited to come home.
|One of the nurses teaching us a thing or two before we went home.|
|When we first brought Tommy home we put him in his crib and Libby came up very slowly and stood on her hind legs to get a better look. Now she watches T, but doesn't like to get too close. It's perfect.|
|One Week Old|
|Baltimore Baby already knows the Baltimore wave|
|His fluffy-after-bath hair|
|After his first tub bath. He wasn't sure what to think.|
|One Month Old!|
|This is how he always sleeps. No swaddling for this guy.|
|My 27th Birthday|
|I hope the blue eyes stay. And that he'll fit in my lap forever.|
|Family selfie at Longwood Gardens|
|Watching the fountain and light show at Longwood Gardens|
|Good morning smiles|
|Sitting on the couch with a soft blankie|
So far T has had quite a few visitors. My mom stayed for 2 weeks total, so another week after he was born. Then Kelly's parents came in July for a couple weeks. We have also had many friends from our ward stop in and bring us meals and presents. In August Tommy and I flew to Utah to attend a memorial service for my grandmother, Mimi, who passed away in April. It was nice to be there, and have the rest of our families meet Tommy. We went to the Ogden Temple open house, the Cache County fair with Cami and Robbie, Mimi's memorial, Kelly's family threw us an awesome baby shower, and we went to the Alpine slides in Park City. We had so much fun being with everyone and were sad to leave, but also happy to get back to Kelly and try to figure out a routine. When we came back to Baltimore Kelly's best friend Nariman was here (ironically visiting from Utah). Nariman is a surrogate uncle to Tommy, so it's good he got to meet him too. And Kelly had way too much fun with Nariman while we were in Utah.
|Tommy and Grammi Georgia (my mom)|
|Tommy and Grandma Cindy (Kelly's mom)|
|First airplane ride!|
|This is what he did for most of the flight|
|At the Ogden Temple open house|
|Chillin' with Aunt Cami|
|Getting to know Uncle Robbie|
|Nearly all of Mimi's grandchildren and their spouses. And both of her great-grandchildren.|
|My cousins Amanda and Lindsey|
|Resting with Grandpa Rob after church|
|Pulling faces with Uncle Bryan|
|Taking a bath in Grammi's new kitchen|
|Meeting Great Grandma Rosa, whom he nearly outweighs|
|Back with Dad in Baltimore|
We love our Tommy and are sad he's growing up so fast, and also really excited about it and love seeing him discover new things. He recently discovered those gurgley "G" and "K" sounds in the back of his throat, and is slowly figuring out that his right hand belongs to him. It's funny to watch him stare intently at his right fist while his left arm is still wildly waving around out of control. Here's a video of him doing some stuff:
Tommy was blessed at church today, which was nice, but it was kind of sad none of our family could be here for it. We're grateful our ward family was here, though. And Tommy looked so dapper in his little blessing outfit, although he did piddle all over it 5 minutes after being blessed haha.
|Blessing Day Outfit|
|Straighten that tie, Son.|
|Attempted family photo on his blessing day|
We love our baby boy and are so happy and thankful he's part of our little family!